April 30, 2022
NEW YORK (April 30, 2022) – Florida Panthers goaltender Spencer Knight, who went 6-1-0 with a 2.16 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and one shutout in seven appearances, has been named the NHL’s “Rookie of the Month” for April.
Knight edged Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras (7-5—12 in 13 GP), Carolina Hurricanes center Seth Jarvis (4-8—12 in 14 GP), Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Michael Bunting (3-9—12 in 12 GP), Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Boldy (3-9—12 in 12 GP) and Montreal Canadiens right wing Cole Caufield (9-1—10 in 14 GP) for the honor.
Knight yielded two or fewer goals in five of his seven outings, highlighted by a 27-save shutout in his final start of the regular season April 28 at OTT. The 13th overall pick from the 2019 NHL Draft – who played in six total contests in 2020-21 – finished his first full NHL season ranking among the top rookie goaltenders (minimum: 20 GP) in wins (3rd; 19), goals-against average (3rd; 2.79), save percentage (3rd; .908), shutouts (t‑3rd; 2) and games played (5th; 32).
Knight joins teammate Anton Lundell (January) as the second Panthers player to earn “Rookie of the Month” honors in 2021-22. Detroit Red Wings teammates Moritz Seider (October) and Lucas Raymond (November), Zegras (December), Boston Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman (February), and Caufield(March) also received the award this season.